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  • We’ve Been Hoping for a Free Citator Equal to the Fee-Based Shepard’s, BCite, and KeyCite: Has the Time Arrived?
    05/23/2014 - 12:36
    Last year, to review the current state of citator services, we wrote a white paper comparing the citator services of Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker, LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg. As much as we like our free access to Casemaker and Fastcase, we’ve always hoped that Casemaker and Fastcase would add a more robust, free citator (equal to Shepard’s, BCite, and KeyCite). But our...

  • Automated Social Media Search at TransUnion/TLO
    05/20/2014 - 03:00
    In a recent press release, TransUnion/TLO announced “a powerful new Social Media Search feature” that allows you to enter up to five email addresses associated with your subject (see next image) and TLO will scour over 145 social media sources to, “Potentially verify identity and gain insight on associations and relationships through data that helps create a more complete view...

  • Internet Archive Now Contains 400 Billion Webpages
    05/13/2014 - 03:00
    The Internet Archive has announced that its "Wayback Machine" collection of archival Web pages has surpassed the 400 Billion mark. This is a significant increase from the first time we wrote about the Archive, shortly after it was released publicly in 2001, when it contained approximately 10 Billion Web pages. The Internet Archive gives us access to old versions of pages that have been...

  • Now You Can Rearrange the Google Apps in the Browser Apps Launcher
    04/30/2014 - 01:47
    As we've written previously, last Winter Google introduced the (unlabeled) Apps Launcher in the upper right hand corner of your browser window to access their specialized search databases and your Google Apps.          Today, Google has given us the ability to drag-and-drop the icons for those databases and Apps so that we can rearrange them into an order...

  • Twitter Makes Searches Better | Adds Date Limiter
    04/29/2014 - 04:03
    Searching for the "tweets" people post on Twitter has long been a hit-or-miss proposition. For a long time, you could not retrieve any tweets older than a week or two. And even though Twitter has always had an Advanced Search page, the site no longer includes a link to it on its homepage. Now, you can retrieve older tweets more easily, within a range you define, using the newly added...

  • Gmail Makes Access to Mobile Device Photos Easier | Google Adds One Button Image Integration
    04/21/2014 - 02:03
    Google has made it easier for Gmail users to insert or attach photos they have taken with mobile devices into the emails they compose on their desktop or laptop computers. In order to take advantage of the feature, you must be using the Auto Backup feature of the Google+ app to automatically upload the photos you take on your device to your Google+ account. Google's new "Insert Photo...

  • Google Once Again Recognizes USPS Tracking Numbers
    04/18/2014 - 16:13
    Google once again automatically recognizes US Postal Service (USPS) tracking numbers typed into the Web Search box. When the tracking numbers are auto-recognized, a link is provided on the results page to track the status of the package. When the USPS switched from 20 digit tracking numbers to 26 digit tracking numbers, Google was no longer able to recognize them.      ...

  • ABA TECHSHOW 2014 - Coverage Around the Web
    04/07/2014 - 23:18
    ABA TECHSHOW is the pre-eminent conference bringing  lawyers and technology together. This year's conference featured more attendees at the educational sessions and more companies exhibiting their products and services in the EXPO Hall than ever before. If you were unable to attend, want a reminder of some of the highlights, or just want a chance to review some of the information you...

  • Browser Extension Tells You if Books From Amazon Available at Your Library
    04/06/2014 - 12:19
    Library Extension is a free add-on to the Google Chrome Web browser that informs you if a book you have searched for at is available from your public library. Once installed, you must select your library (if available) from the list of supported libraries. (Be sure to click the green "plus sign" button to add your selection to your list.) You can add more than one library...

  • Internet Legal Research on a Budget
    02/28/2014 - 11:54
    According to the American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report, 96% of respondents report they conduct legal research online, but that they are less satisfied with free resources than with fee-based resources. The 2012 Research Intelligence Group’s “New Attorney Research Methods Survey” found that new associates (five years or less) spend about 31% (14.5...

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